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William Roberts, 1895-1980
Simple name : Person: artist
Collection : People
Reference number : 1996/5111
Fullname : William Roberts
Biography : William Roberts was born in Hackney, East London, the son of a carpenter. Roberts studied at St Martin's School of Art while apprenticed to an advertising firm. He attended the Slade 1910 - 1913 where he became interested in Cubism before joining the Vorticists in 1914. He taught at the Central School of Arts And Crafts from 1925 to 1960, and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1945 until his death. He was a war artist during both the First and Second World Wars. The Tate Gallery held a major retrospective exhibition of his work in 1965. He painted mainly in oil and water-colours. Examples of his work are also held by the Imperial War Museum and the National Gallery of Canada. An Arts Council retrospective was held at the Tate in 1965 and a show fo his family portraits at the NPG in 1983. (Riddell 1995)
Date of birth : 1895
Place of birth : Hackney, London
Date of death : 1980
Role : Artist
Education :
  • St Martin's School of Art : 1909-1910
  • Slade School of Fine Art : 1910-1913
Employment :
  • Designed posters for London Transport : 1951-1953
Record completeness :
Record 37% complete

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